Leon Goossens Prize – Oboe Composition Competition

October 9, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

To celebrate the incredible contribution that Léon Goossens made to the oboe world, a brand new composition prize has been set up in his memory.

Beginning in 2016, this competition will run biennially with the aim of inspiring a new generation of composers to write new music for the oboe.

ABOUT LEON GOOSSENS
“Until my father appeared on the music scene the oboe was primarily an orchestral instrument. By his playing and his distinctive tone he raised it to solo status and composers began to take notice and be inspired to write for him. Also, the fact that he was happy to play in small as well as large halls, and in the same way to perform small as well as large works was an encouragement to young and often unknown composers to explore the new range of this hitherto minor instrument. I think it is true to say that without Léon Goossens, a huge swathe of wonderful music would never have been written.”
Jennie Goossens, August 2015

WHAT DOES THE PRIZE OFFER?
The winning composer will receive the following:
– a cash prize of £500
– their winning entry published by Composers Edition
– their winning entry recorded and given digital release by Oboe Classics
– a world premiere performance on 16th April 2016 as part of a special celebration of the oboe repertoire at the Colyer-Fergusson Hall, University of Kent

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE PRIZE?
– Composers aged 35 or under on the closing date, regardless of nationality, who are studying, or have studied at any conservatoire or university in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
– Entrants should not be under contract to a publisher.

WHAT ARE THE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS?

– Entries should be scored for unaccompanied oboe or oboe and piano.
– Works can be one movement or multiple movements but should last between 4 and 8 minutes long.
– Entries must be original works that have not previously received a public performance or submitted for other competitions.
– The musical score should be accompanied by introductory text summarising in no more than 350 words the inspiration and rationale behind the composition.
– Proof of age and a letter from your place of study are also required.

HOW CAN I APPLY?
– You can enter for the prize electronically or by post.
– To submit your entry visit: http://newoboemusic.org/leon-goossens-prize/